Countdown to the 4th African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) took place in October 2014 in Cabo Verde. Source: AMCOMET

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in collaboration with the African Union Commission(AUC), is convening the Fourth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-4) which takes place on 21 February 2019 in Cairo, Egypt, hosted by the Egyptian Meteorological Authority. The Technical Segment of AMCOMET is on 18-20 February and Ministerial Segment is on 21 February.

The third session held in Praia, Cabo Verde was attended by 44 African countries, over 30 Ministers and high-level representatives and over 240 participants, including technical experts from sub-regional, regional and international institutions as well as development partners and financial institutions.

AMCOMET convenes top-level decision-makers together with weather and climate experts to strengthen the continent’s response to challenges of extreme weather and climate change which are undermining sustainable development.

The expected outcomes of the Fourth Session of AMCOMET are as follows:

  • Enhanced understanding of decision makers and related institutions to support science-based decisions that inform policy to mainstream weather, water, climate services into socioeconomic development and promote increased National funding to NMHSs;
  • Concrete policies identified to support NMHSs in Africa develop and retain sustainable skills, expertise and competencies to produce customer-tailored services as well as provide good leadership required to interact effectively with decision makers in government; and
  • Enhanced understanding of and policy recommendation on the added value of engaging in Public Private Partnerships in support of NMHSs to collect and process data and deliver services as required.

The vision of AMCOMET is to create a framework to promote cooperation, security, socio-economic development and poverty eradication on a pan-African level through sound governance of the science of meteorology and its related applications.

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